Posted Monday, October 13th, 2014 by admin
While you’re in Cumbria, why not visit the Pencil Museum. Tucked away in the quiet town of Keswick, the museum is a great afternoons activity and one that the whole family can enjoy.
Keswick, surprisingly is the home of the first pencil, and pencil perfection since 1832. Indeed it is right next to the precise locale where graphite was first discovered- the nearby Seathwaite Mine.
In the rooms of the museum you can learn first hand how pencils have been developed and reinvented over the last 350 years. You can even learn some strange facts and view the worlds longest pencil, which measures 25 metres long. There is so much to discover and to do. You can discover the secrets behind the fascinating history of the escape artist’s pencil that RAF pilots used during the war to guide them safely home, in the Secret Pencil Exhibition. Get your head around how exactly colours are implemented into pencils and find out whether you have a budding Picasso in the family, by letting the kid’s imaginations run free in the Kids Art Studio.
As you can probably imagine the gift shop is stacked full of the finest pencils, so if you are an avid sketcher or writer you can be sure to pick up a few gems.
There are work shops through out the year where you can try out some of the pencils under expert guidance of artists who will show you how best to get the most of of these tools.
Finally there is a charming cafe that offers the best in the way of post museum treats, such as cakes, coffee and pastries.
The admission prices are exceptionally low considering the quality that’s on offer, Adults can enter for just £4.25, children (under 16) pay £3.25. With these kinds of prices there will definitely be enough cash left over for those all important souvenirs.
For further details see www.pencilmuseum.co.uk
Posted Friday, September 19th, 2014 by admin
Looking for something truly exhilarating during your time in the lakes? Grab a taste of scouring gorges, ghylls and canyons, to really challenge yourself.
The word ghyll describes a stream cut into the hillside. A gorge is generally a larger stream or river which tends to be closer to the road. It’s in amongst these natural fixtures that this unique take on rambling occurs. Imagine hill walking without the paths and smooth terrain and you will be close to envisioning what this sport is all about.
The craze involves hikes up and through these natural features, to really connect with the land.
How much you want to exert yourself is dictated by the individual gorge or ghyll. Some encompass swimming and getting wet, while some are less precarious and allow you to catch your breath and take in the surrounding area, in a gentler fashion.
Gorges and ghylls can be great fun; however they can also prove tricky and some what dangerous if the appropriate safety measures are not undertaken. For this reason we always recommend going with an experienced and reliable instructor. Not only will they ensure that you survive your excursion unharmed and carry the right equipment throughout, they will also be able to recommend the best sites to run up or down.
Some ghylls and gorges are better done in descent. If this sounds tame then don’t be fooled. This generally involves sliding and jumping rather than climbing and scrambling. The descents can also be referred to as canyoning. Canyoning, sort of like abseiling, is taken pretty seriously in some quarters. You will have to use ropes as you apply yourself to the steep decent down the watery trails. Canyoning requires you bring quite a lot of equipment, so you can’t suddenly get out of the canyon and decide to take it easy, like you can with a gorge or gyhll.
Splashing and scrambling up rocky mountain streams, is highly rated by those with an appetite for outdoor adventure.
Climbing cascades and sometimes waterfalls, traversing pools and drinking in the captivating views, is a winning combination and one that many of our guests over the recent years have indulged in.
These activities do carry a risk, especially if you happen to fall foul of the weather. Plan your day well in advance so you can be sure of no surprises. Slipping down gorges in the pouring rain can make the whole experience much more hazardous. Always bring sensible footwear and waterproofs.
Pool jumping is also becoming a trendy thing for young upstarts to get involved in, during their time at the lakes. Pool jumping is undeniably fun, but just make sure before you go throwing yourself into open lakes and pools that you know how deep the body of water is, so you can avoid broken bones, if the pool is too shallow and drowning if the pool is scarily deep. Also, watch out for freezing temperatures that may cause hypothermia. This is England after all.
Other than that, get involved! How better to connect with nature.
Posted Friday, September 12th, 2014 by admin
The lake district is an unforgettable place to spend the most magical time of year.
Imagine a magical Christmas and New Year with real fires, snow on the mountains, frozen lakes and waterfalls.
With cosy local pubs and nearby shopping hamlets, even the run up to the big day is a unique and enjoyable experience. Avoid the rush of the mid December high street, by opting to buy all your gifts in the nearby towns of Carlisle, Kendal, Barrow, Penrith and Workington. Indeed, there are many festive experiences on offer in the days leading up to Christmas, from Santa’s grottos, to pantomimes and Christmas concerts. Enjoy the warmth of it all against a stunning back drop of snow dusted mountains and idyllic lakes.
Top of the list of Christmas things to do in the Lakes, is the legendary Winter Droving at nearby Penrith. The Winter Droving is an other worldly festival in Penrith that celebrates all things rural, traditional and fun. A torch lit parade through the town, caps off this wild and sometimes musical celebration.
Also highly rated is Santa’s magical grotto at Greenland’s Farm Village. The Grotto is open the first 3 week ends in December and then again on the 22nd and 23rd. Surrounded by story books, stuffed animals and Christmas decor, the kids will love a trip to the grotto. Upon arrival you will be greeted by his cheeky elf, meet the wonderful Father Christmas and to round things off in spectacular fashion, you will even receive a gift from St Nic himself. Priced at just £9 a head, which includes souvenir photos of your visit, this truly is a great Christmas day out.
If you’re still looking for things to do with the kids, why not bring them along to the Christmas Disco again at Greenland’s Farm Village. Happening on the 19th of December, the disco is a great way for kids to socialise in a safe and fun environment. Parents can have a well-earned relaxing breather with coffee and cake, while the kids let off all that pre-Christmas nervous energy .
Finally don’t forget to check out the Ullswater steamers, on lake Ullswater. Here you you can book a place on a riverboat cruise and enjoy some Yuletide tea. The cruise gently sails down nearby rivers with the Mountains overlooking the southern shore with Yuletide Tea to be taken between 12-5 pm. It is best to book in advance by calling Inn on the lake.
For Christmas accommodation look no further than our own festive packages here at Beech Hill Hotel, or why not try an exclusive stay at our five star cottage High Biggin. Let us take care of your schedule, while you relax and indulge with the rest of the family.
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